Best places in San Gimignano
The small village located between Florence and Siena is commonly known for its towers, that rise above all other buildings. San Gimignano is also the home of wonderful location that absolutely worth a visit if you came there.
Porta San Giovanni
Built during the 13th century, is one of the ancient doors remained in Italy. Its external perimeter is surmounted by a guardroom, in turn, supported by six trilobated arches.
Piazza della Cisterna
Next to the famous Piazza Duomo, it was originally a marketplace and took the name from a public cistern built in the 13th century. The Piazza host wonderful architecture and various towers, like the Torre del Diavolo and the tower of the Ardinghelli family, the most powerful family of San Gimignano.
Piazza del DuomoThe main piazza of San Gimignano, where you will find the Cathedral, home of frescoes painted by the best artists of the 14th century. Other than the Cathedral there is the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del Popolo and various medieval towers.
Civic Museums complexDivided into two sites, the first one includes Palazzo Comunale with its Torre Grossa. The Palazzo host the best frescoes painted in the period that run from the 13th century until 15th century. After have visited the Palazzo with the famous Pinacoteca, you can climb up the tallest tower of the city, with its 218 steps, where you will enjoy stunning views of the city.
The second part of the Civic Museums includes a lot of other museum very nice to see, but if you don’t have enough time just consider these:
1. Spezieria di Santa Fina
It is the reconstruction of an ancient pharmacy, in the past used for the guild of both physicians and pharmacists. Its showcase offer the possibility to admire the collection of pharmacy vessels and glass containers, that dates back to the 15th century.
2. Archeological Museum
A must-see museum for anyone interested in archeology, but also nice to see for who is not an archeology lover. The museum is divided into plus room, each of them explain a part of the territory history, starting from the 13th century, until arrive to the 15th century.
3. Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Gallery is named to Raffaele De Grada, a Milanese painter that chose San Gimignano as his home in the 20th century. The museum have a lot of paintings from this artist, as well as works by 20th century painters, such as Renato Guttuso and Sergio Vacchi.
How to get there
The nice thing of San Gimignano is that it is located in the middle between Florence and Siena. So, if your trip includes more days, you can include also these two wonderful Tuscan cities in your visit.
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